What is RAINS?

The Rains Research Assistant Program supports faculty research by providing financial support for faculty to hire a student research assistant. In addition, the program allows students to develop research experiences and close collaborations with their faculty and other members of their research group.

This program is available to all full-time tenured & tenure-track faculty. Faculty members on a leave of absence are not eligible.

NOTICE: Please click "How to Apply" for additional information and the Rains application.

PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINS has multiple submission and review dates. These dates are not strict deadlines, but should be used by faculty as guidelines on when they will hear back about their applications. The date of faculty submission (not Chair approval) will be considered for review dates.

  • Submissions submitted by May 1, 2023 will be reviewed by May 10, 2023
  • Submissions submitted by May 30, 2023 will be reviewed by June 14, 2023
  • Submissions submitted by August 21, 2023 will be reviewed by September 6, 2023
  • Submissions submitted by September 15, 2023 will be reviewed by September 27, 2023

Note: If there are remaining funds, applications submitted after September 15 will be reviewed by November 15, 2023 and February 2, 2024.